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on June 17, 2006
This is an anthology of some of the best works of Howard Philips Lovecraft (HPL), a pulp horror- and science fiction- writer of the 1920s and 30s. Lovecraft had a distinctive style of writing, meant to convey through description an atmosphere of awe and wonder of the universe, which he believed a rational mind would experience as horror. His works have influenced generations of writers including Stephen King, Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell, and Robert Howard. The content of THE ROAD TO MADNESS is some of HPLs most evocative, chilling, and enduring tales. And I almost missed them.

You see, I thought I had everything by Lovecraft. But I would catch allusions to things like the "Martense kin", "the U-Boat", and Arthur Jermyn. I couldn't find these references in any of my books, when I realized I was missing THE TOMB. Rather than buy this out-of-print book, I picked up ROAD TO MADNESS. It has served me well as a general collection of the most enduring elements of Lovecraft's fiction. The 3 Del Rey collections (ROAD TO MADNESS, BEST OF HP LOVECRAFT, DREAM CYCLE OF HP LOVECRAFT) are pretty comprehensive of HPLs corpus. I am posting below a list of the contents of THE ROAD TO MADNESS under the heading of other sources for the same stories, to let you decide how much overlap it has with other anthologies you might own.

AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS AND OTHER TALES

"At the Mountains of Madness "

"The Evil Clergyman"

"The Shunned House"

THE DOOM THAT CAME TO SARNATH

"The Crawling Chaos"

"The Festival"

"In the Walls of Eryx"

"memory"

"Nathicana"

"The Tomb"

"The Tree"

"Under The Pyramids"

THE LURKING FEAR AND OTHER STORIES

"Dagon"

"Arthur Jermyn"

"The Lurking Fear"

"The Moon-Bog"

"The Temple"

"The Unnameable"

"The White Ship"

THE TOMB AND OTHER TALES:

"The Alchemist"

"The Beast in the Cave"

"The Book"

"The Festival"

"He"

"The Horror at Red Hook"

"In the Walls of Eryx"

"Poetry and the Gods "

"The Street"

"The Tomb"

"The Transition of Juan Romero"

"Under the Pyramids"

[Possibly no other source]

"Cool Air"

"Herbert West, Reanimator"
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